I have three kids in a charter school and two in union CPS schools. The quality difference between the teachers and the kids performance is stark.Comment on Chicagoist Click my post title for the full Chicagoist feature.
Charter Schools offer a stark contract to Chicago Public Schools - Catholic Schools Offer much more than that - real documented success. Charters are pretty good alternatives to wasteful and incompetant public schools dominated by Teachers unions.
Teachers unions seem to do little more than haven the useless, and protect the lazy.
Public School Teachers want to be considered Professionals like accountants, doctors and lawyers, but demand to be insulated from accountability. I worked only in Catholic Schools and worked only with professionals - the weak and the incompetant went off to find new lines of work - some in the Public Schools.
Chicago Catholic School Superintendent Mary Paul McCaughey noted in talk to the Fifty of Friday Club last week that graduates of Catholic Schools go on to college - 97% go on to college.
CPS is saddled with a less than 37% high school graduation rate for young men.
CPS is staffed with 100% Chicago Teachers Union membership - Marilyn Stewart CPS President spent last year locking a rival out of his offices at CTU. ( see the Ted Dallas Document above)
Yet Marilyn Stewart offered this about Charter Teachers joining CTU:
CTU President Marilyn Stewart and Illinois Federation of Teachers President Ed Geppert, Jr. had this to say in a joint statement: “We are very supportive of this strong group of teachers and staff at the Chicago International Charter Schools’ as they form a union. These charter school teachers and staff are acting today to improve their schools’ operations and environment for their student’s performance. We feel as strongly as they do that the views of teachers and staff are critical to school success and that school administrators must formally recognize the teachers and staff contributions. Their dedication will help their schools become trailblazers of innovation and collaboration within community.”
These charter school teachers and staff are acting today to improve their schools’ operations and environment for their student’s performance.Marilyn, you have got to be kidding! For real?
Charters were enacted to offere real competition and not 'same old, same old, Marilyn!
It's not about power for you Marilyn! It's about the Children! It's all about the Children! Right?
A real hard-hitting journalist should take a very, very hard look at Marilyn Stewart's hard run at Charter Schools.
I think something stinky is afoot!